Pipeline busts like geyser

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A MAJOR pipeline has sprung a leak sending water geyser-like into the air near the Crook ‘o Lune beauty spot at Caton.

Peter Hearne who lives near the pipeline, witnessed the spectacular tower of water that rose up next to a pumping station and bridge in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, August 2).

He said: “The leak was on the Caton side of the river. I could see it from quite a distance away. It was like a geyser.”

United Utilities engineers are trying to fix the leak to the pipeline which is one of four that transports millions of litres from Thirlmere to Manchester every day.

A spokesperson from United Utilities said: “There has been a burst on the Thirlmere Aqueduct this morning at Caton near Lancaster.

“The burst is on one of the four water pipes which make up the aqueduct at this point. Customers will not notice any disruption to their water supplies because we can use alternative pipelines in our integrated supply network.

“The burst is in a location surrounded by fields and is not close to any homes or businesses. The water is draining into the River Lune.

“As the burst pipe is fed by gravity, we have to gradually reduce the flows at Thirlmere 35 miles away, before we can drain down the pipe and begin repairs. We anticipate this draining process will take around 12 hours.

“There is a public footpath running adjacent to the burst, and we may need to close this temporarily. We’d ask walkers to please observe any temporary signage today and to please bear with us. Our apologies for any inconvenience.”